Painting auctioned for bursaries

A much-loved view of Edinburgh is being auctioned to help students study at the University of Edinburgh.

Painting of Edinburgh from Blackford Hill by Gordon McDowell

A painting of Edinburgh by an award-winning artist is to be auctioned on eBay, with the money raised going to fund access bursaries.

The painting is expected to reach £5000. Limited edition prints will also be available to purchase for £120. This is the first time a charity internet auction has been used to raise funds for the University.

Award-winning artist

The picture is by watercolourist Gordon McDowall, twice winner of the Sunday Times Watercolour of the Year Competition. McDowall trained at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, taught at City of Glasgow College, and has exhibited in The Royal Glasgow Institute and The Royal Scottish Watercolour Society.

The 18 X 30 inch image is of Edinburgh from Blackford Hill.

I feel hugely privileged to be asked to be involved in fundraising for the University, and I very much enjoyed the challenge of producing such a large scale watercolour painting. A lot of hard work and detail went into it. However, my efforts would be more than rewarded if a student was to gain financial support to help attend Edinburgh University.

Gordon McDowallartist

Access bursaries

Each year the University awards more than 700 access bursaries - each worth up to £2500 - to help students meet living costs whilst studying. For many it is the difference between attending University and not.

The painting is available for viewing at the Old College reception from 1 October and will go on sale on eBay on 8 October. The online auction ends on 18 October.

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